On Wednesday, River State Governor Nyesom Wike expressed regret to former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for having backed the re-election of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki in September 2020.
At the opening of the Rumuepirikom Flyover, which the former APC chairman had commissioned in the state’s Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, Wike apologised to Oshiomhole.
Wike claims that he has learned his lesson and that the past should be left in the past.
He told Oshiomhole, “I use this opportunity to apologise to you. I came to Edo State to make sure your candidate didn’t win election. I said you won’t win and you didn’t win. That assignment has been done and we now know who is who.
“We are now friends, let bygones be bygones.”
Wike, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, went further to tell the former APC national chairman, “I want to sincerely apologise to you. Each time you learn. People will praise you when you do for them. When you say, they are wrong, they begin to say all sorts of things.
“I’m sure those of them in my party before cannot do anything without Wike but because I said let the right thing be done, let agreement be agreement, I have now become an enemy. These are people who are praising me morning and night.”
The Rivers State governor said he would continue to stand on equity, fairness and justice.
Oshiomhole, speaking, applauded Wike for the many “beautiful projects” in Rivers, saying results don’t lie.
He said executive exchanges have a way of communicating to the people that political divide is not war.
The former Edo State governor said, “I listened to you (Wike) attentively and you said Peter Obi is coming tomorrow. I want to congratulate you for that because I also invited Peter Obi when I was governor and those executive exchanges have a way of communicating to our people that political divide is not war.
“I also invited governors from other states to Edo the last one week before my tenure as you said, for them to see what I was able to do.
“I promise that when I get back to Abuja, I will use my mouth to talk what my mouth saw. The flyover I saw is not a culvert. There are people who commissioned culverts and said they were flyovers but what I am seeing here is a beautiful flyover which you will see anywhere in the world.”